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- Aug 13, 2020 at 11:00 am #3670616
I think cell phones has a lot to do with it. And I don’t think making it harder will do anything. After a year of driving, most people have the skills. they simply don’t use them. They’re absent minded or have a mind set that everyone needs to defer to them at all times. They don’t understand that we share the road and that’s why there’s common proper procedures that need to be followed.
Kat may be suggesting that it’s those procedures that people don’t learn. Possibly. I wonder if some simply choose to think they don’t apply to THEM.
Yeah, geeze guys, by all means lets make it harder for (pick your group) to get licenses. They’re all so entitled, ya know! That’ll teach ’em! Of course no one thinks that they themselves are entitled. We’re all, you know, white so we get to be the ones sniffing down on the others.Aug 12, 2020 at 12:42 pm #3670531
I haven’t done your hike, altho I’m really familiar with the Stehekin environs (grandad’s cabin is still there). PNW is lovely.
I really like the trails around Glacier Peak. The mountain itself is stunning and the trails are great. I have no idea if you can link up with Glacier trails and then possibly come down to Holden Village and catch the boat down lake to Fields Point from there.Aug 11, 2020 at 6:08 pm #3670449
I have a one+ ounce single blade super sharp knife that, when folded, has a metal edge on the back that’s perfect for opening a Bearikade. But for backup, I have a quarter duct taped to the top. Never used it…
Bearikade originally thought to only rent their canisters. that was his business model. I was actually one of the first people to buy one, after I contacted the owner over the phone and talked him into it. I was pretty persistent (and maybe annoying.) that’s my claim to fame!
Oh, but my point was, I agree with those who suggest you rent a Bearikade.Aug 11, 2020 at 9:29 am #3670363
“Use good food storage techniques and the bear problems simply disappear.”
Yes.Aug 10, 2020 at 9:50 pm #3670306
There are bears in the U.S. Pacific Northwest all the way through the Sierra in California. I’ve hiked a lot in Wa. state and here in the Sierra. I’ve crossed paths with lots of bears. It’s just not an issue. I’m far more concerned with rattlesnakes in the spring. there are no grizzlies here, and the kind or rare predatory brown bear that one hears about in Canada and Alaska don’t exist here. sure, there may have been an incident–I haven’t heard of one. Wait, except for bears going after poorly hung or otherwise stored food, or food being in a tent–that sort of thing. Common sense food management has always kept me sympatico with bears here on the West Coast.Aug 10, 2020 at 5:39 pm #3670280
“shooting bears in SEKI…” wow, I’m not carrying a shotgun in the Sierra, that’s for sure.
I’ve hiked since practically the dawn of time throughout the Sierra (well, almost 30 years.) So have millions of others. You simply don’t need a gun for bear protection. I don’t carry pepper spray either. The notion that bears in the Sierra are lurking just beyond rock throwing distance waiting to devour you is ridiculous.
I’ve encountered innumerable bears there. they are often habituated to people, which is bad. Still,I’ve never had an incident, other than bears going after my food in extremely clever ways. There are so many hikers, they come looking for poorly stored food and assess the situation in your camp; then move on if there’s nothing to be had. More often they simply assess the situation from hiding and you never see them. they know better pickings are just down the way.Aug 10, 2020 at 1:14 pm #3670251
“I tried briefly looking directly at my feet and quickly realized I never do that; it actually puts the neck in a terrible position for walking”
On a hike today on easy dirt trail I realized I look well ahead of my feet too.
I’m thinking that I rarely look directly at my feet on harder trail either, but bring my eyes closer to them as the trail requires; that is, as it gets more challenging. Going down steep, rocky trail, my eyes are pretty fixed on the trail just ahead, however.Aug 8, 2020 at 6:10 pm #3670029
Nick is wise beyond his years, and that’s actually frightening. I’m hot on your heels!
Trump held a press conference today at his golf resort in Mere-a-log Oh! There was a small coterie of very wealthy cohorts present, and some press. He appeared relaxed as the coterie laughed at his jokes. Then, in the press Q and A, someone asked why he re-iterated one of his lies about passing some law to benefit veterans (Obama did it) and Trump ended it all and stomped off.
So, I’m jsut observing that a lack of an adoring audience is Trump’s kryptonite. He looks awkward and stumbles badly when anyone challenges one of his often fantastical assertions. He needs those damn rallies and he can’t have them in the foreseeable future. He’s terrible when interviewed by anyone other than his chief sycophant, Hannity. I think all this spells trouble.Aug 8, 2020 at 5:36 pm #3670021
‘they have a tendency to flex their torso at the hip to accomodate (sic) the change in COG, as your photo demonstrates.”
It demonstrates no such thing. It is a random snapshot in time–literally–of one person, Sue. Doubtless pictures exist of Sean leaning in to speak with a friend. That doesn’t prove that Sean always walks with a lean-forward gait. This point has been covered. In any case, that sort of assertion wouldn’t hold up to scientific standards in terms of establishing a universal truth a- la the Laws O’ Physics.
You need to watch someone carrying a pack over time to assess how their body is carrying the load.
I have nothing against Aarn packs and entirely believe that people who use and enjoy them have found a great system–for them. Kudos!Aug 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm #3669926
I’m sure it would be easy enough to snap a photo of someone wearing an Aarn pack and leaning forward…or flexing…or in a lot of unbalanced postures. Not because the pack is bad: but because our bodies are constantly going through all sorts of postural changes while hiking over rough terrain carrying a pack. A single photo doesn’t prove that someone is locked into a posture 100% of the time.
Frankly, when someone tells me that what I’m experiencing when carrying a pack simply can’t be true and is due to self deception and confirmation bias; and that the Laws Of Physics show THEIR opinion is correct–I shrug and walk away. They’re saying my body is a liar and They are ‘right’; and that I should trust them rather than my own lyin’ comfort. Honestly, I think the “laws of physics” argument can serve the ends of confirmation bias as well as any.
There is no universal Law O’ Physics that will dial in the single proper pack for everyone. AArn packs have been around for years, but they’re hardly used. Most people don’t like them. If it was incontrovertible because of mathematical equations that they were the one superior design in packs, you’d see a lot of them out there. You don’t.Aug 8, 2020 at 10:25 am #3669887
I completely agree Jerry. Frankly, I don’t remember seeing so many obese people–and kids!!-when I was growing up. Maybe I’m wrong. But the problem seems to have gotten worse in the last 40 years or so.Aug 8, 2020 at 10:01 am #3669880
“Anecdotal data like I got a flu shot, then got the flu is misleading. Historically, lots of bad results have happened by authorities making policy based on anecdotal data. ”
Correlation is not causality. I bet Jason ate a banana in the days before getting the flu. the banana didn’t cause his flu.
Millions get flu shots every year and have for decades. If flu shots gave people the flu, it would have been apparent by now. They don’t. they also don’t keep flu at bay 100%. But they can mitigate the severity of any flu one might get.
kaiser gives them free every year. they’re not in it for the money, or if they are, it’s to keep people from developing bad symptoms that could cost more to treat than the cost of a shot.
Look, trying to get people to wear masks and stay at home is hard enough without demanding they lose weight and exercise and change their lifestyle all at the same time. Com on.
“I don’t like the FDA telling me to wear a mask…yeah, and why aren’t they telling me to go on a diet and lose weight? They don’t know nuthin. I’m not gonna wear a mask. And this deep fried carmel corn is delicious!”Aug 8, 2020 at 9:52 am #3669879
“While I was healing, I kept a rolling pin on the floor next to my computer. I could use it throughout the day.”
Yes. I have a largeish wooden dowel made for rolling under your spine when you’re on your back (that’s gotta hurt) with two flanges in the center where your spine would sit,. I use those flanges and the edges of the dowel to roll my feet under for a gentle stretch that really helps a lot. I had a mild case of PF and this plus other stretches resolved it. Lately I’ve felt early warnings and since beginning again with the dowel things have improved.Aug 7, 2020 at 12:53 pm #3669753
Roger posted a picture of a Luxurylite pack with cylinders. I use the LL frame and belt with a frameless pack strapped on. It’s remarkably good at transferring weight to the hips and off the shoulders. And it carries a bear canister fabulously on the little flanges lip at the bottom of the frame (which you can’t see in the picture–it sits below the lowest orange soft cylinder.)Aug 6, 2020 at 7:06 pm #3669437
“As kooky as Trump is sounding, in the debates I still believe he’ll rip Biden apart like a lion devouring a defenseless little lamb.”
and that’s based on…? Trump hardly covered himself in glory debating Clinton. He looks really awful in interviews with anyone other than Hannity.
The hard reality of Covid doesn’t play well with lies and fantasies.
What are these things that Biden said that are worse than Trump offering school child graphs in an interview as if they reflected reality–and then being flummoxed when the interviewer presses him on actual facts.Aug 5, 2020 at 10:06 pm #3669329
Johnny wants boots that are waterproof–but not goretex; hybrid crampon compatible and a mountain boot–but not stiff; light–but all of the above. with a wide toe box. He may or may not want to compromise on some of this.
the thing is, manufacturers don’t put a run of boots into production and make them available everywhere based on one persons needs and desires. So, indeed, we all compromise.Aug 5, 2020 at 4:15 pm #3669292
plus 1 to Kat.
It’s all rumor mongering and ‘reality’ soap opera.Aug 4, 2020 at 10:38 pm #3669181
Touche and a half, Nick! Actually, touche times ten.Aug 4, 2020 at 8:49 pm #3669164
“an interest in quick-drying, light yet cool and stiff footwear.”
That’s a lot of wishes to pack into a boot. Is it possible? You may need to compromise on at least one of your requirements.
edit: although Mike’s link is pretty damn close! I wonder how stiff those boots are…stiff enough maybe.Aug 4, 2020 at 8:11 pm #3669158
Are you crazy? Here’s how I think about Chaff–well, my posts anyway…
I have created a monument more lasting than bronze
and loftier than the royal structure of the pyramids,
that which neither devouring rain, nor the unrestrained North Wind
may be able to destroy nor the immeasurable
succession of years and the flight of time.
I shall not wholly die and a greater part of me
will evade Libitina [Goddess of Death]; continually I,
newly arisen, may be strengthened with ensuing praise so long
as the high priest climbs the Capitoline…
oops, my cut and apste skills failed me. Nick may be familiar with this; I barely am.Aug 4, 2020 at 5:41 pm #3668924
On descents especially in rough, rocky terrain I’m definitely looking ‘at my feet’, which as others have said means, ‘in the vicinity of my feet’. Even on the good trails of the Sierra it’s common for each step, or several steps, to involve an abrupt two or three plus foot drop or gain. Especially going over passes the trail can be very rutted. I can’t imagine not using my eyes to aid in traversing these stretches. As for negotiating off trail talus slopes–yeah of course I look about my feet.Aug 4, 2020 at 9:24 am #3668788
“be careful Jeffrey, learn from my mistakes rather than repeating hard lessons yourself : )”
I was going to write “sort of like Jerry…” but randomly chose Ian. and then wondered if I’d gone too far, no matter who I chose. Ian may yet slap me around with his swim flippers if he ever meets me.Aug 4, 2020 at 9:16 am #3668785
It’s not an issue with me.Aug 3, 2020 at 11:38 am #3668535
“population decrease due to…rising seal levels, etc.”
They’re nasty, have bad breath and are coming for revenge. Sort of like Ian but with flippers.
(because of his recent self photo, where he actually looks very nice!)Aug 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm #3668487
here’s something I play with my guitar teacher taking the part of the violin. these guys play one section much faster than we can!